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this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at three: the governor of the bank of england gives his clearest signal yet that interest rates are set to rise for the first time in ten years. if the economy continues on the track that it's been on, and all indications are that it is, in the relatively near term we can expect that interest rates would increase somewhat. the government is urged to halt the roll—out of the universal credit benefit system amid warnings families could be left homeless and destitute. the overall strategy might be right but the fact of the matter is the actual delivery of it means some people will end up in dire circumstances. sidelined at the summit — as theresa may meets other leaders in estonia, the eu commission says not enough progress has been made to start trade talks. as ukip prepares to unveil its new leader,
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their new logo is attracting criticism for its similarity to the branding of the premier league. the aviation minister says ryanair has behaved "disgracefully" towards its passengers, for the way it handled the cancellation of thousands of flights. also today: the trial of three former tesco executives begins. they are accused of involvement in an accounting scandal which wiped two billion pounds off the supermarket‘s value. and good morning everyone, welcome to the exciting new sound of radio 1. and we say happy 50th birthday to radio 1. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, has given another
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strong hint that interest rates will rise this autumn for the first time in a decade. the base rate was cut to a record low of a quarter of 1% after the eu referendum. mr carney told the bbc that a rise was likely in the "relatively near term". but new official figures for the three months tojune showed the economy growing at a slower pace than previously estimated. our correspondent simon gompertz reports. it looks like the cost of money, the interest rate on the cash we borrow, is about to go up, because this man, the canadian mark carney who runs the bank of england, has wasted no opportunity to ram home like he did again this morning that the bank's base interest rate is on the rise. what we have said is that if the economy continues on the track it has been on, and all indications are that it is, in the relatively near term we can expect that interest rates
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would increase somewhat. the history is that the bank base rate last went up in 2007. then, after the financial crisis in 2009, it was cut to 0.5%. and in the wake of the eu referendum, it was reduced again to an emergency low of 0.25% to calm nerves. now there's another concern — inflation. prices are rising by an average of nearly 3% a year and that is way above what the bank of england is supposed to allow. and traditionally, the way it deals with inflation is to raise interest rates, to increase the cost of money, discourage people from spending so much. so, in a couple of months' time, just as christmas shopping gets under way, we may have higher rates so more costly mortgages to contend with. so we think interest rates will rise by 0.25% in november. that will take the base rate back up to 0.5% where it has been
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for the past seven years or so. the crucial thing now is what the bank of england does around communication, communicating to businesses and consumers whether this is one and done, just a reversal of the emergency cut post the eu referendum, or whether this is the beginning of a series. this was mr carney‘s firmest indication yet that he would vote for a rate rise in november, though it is the whole of the bank of england's monetary policy committee — nine people including independent economists — who will be taking that decision. one of the alleged kidnappers of british model chloe ayling should
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be extradited to italy to face trial — a judge at westminster magistrates' court has ruled. thejudge said i have rejected all of your challenges, i find the request is proportionate and does not amount to abuse, and went on to say i have decided you should be sent to italy to face trial for her kidnapped. you remember that chloe went to italy earlier this year in july. she alleges to police there that she was attacked by two men who then drugged her, and then she said they kidnapped her. but thejudge today has said this polish national can be extradited to italy. 0ne today has said this polish national can be extradited to italy. one of the arguments from his legal team was that the case may have been made up, that it was a complete sham, but thejudge here this
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up, that it was a complete sham, but the judge here this afternoon said that that wasn't his job. his job isn't to look into the allegation of kidnap, his job is isn't to look into the allegation of kidnap, hisjob is simply isn't to look into the allegation of kidnap, his job is simply to isn't to look into the allegation of kidnap, hisjob is simply to honour that request from the italian authorities to have him extradited back to italy. we do know though this isn't the end of it. his legal tea m this isn't the end of it. his legal team have said they will appeal this decision. they have seven days to make that appeal but they have said they would, so there's a new date at they would, so there's a new date at the high court for the 2nd of 0ctober the high court for the 2nd of october when the appeal would be put tojudges there. so october when the appeal would be put to judges there. so this isn't the end of this story. helena lee, thanks. the aviation minister, lord callanan, has accused ryanair of behaving "disgracefully" towards its passengers for its handling of the cancellation of thousands of flights. the civil aviation authority accused the airline of "persistently misleading passengers" about the kind of
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compensation they can claim. ryanair says it will fully comply with its legal requirements. earlier i spoke to a flight delay compensation solicitor, who explained what legal rights ryanair customers have for cancelled flights. the law is extremely clear, it is simple. if your flight has been cancelled and a passenger has less tha n been cancelled and a passenger has less than 14 days notice, they are entitled to compensation. as long as it wasn't caused by the extraordinary circumstances. rya nair have admitted this is not an extraordinary circumstance so they should be paying compensation, but they are disputing they should have to re—route passengers on other airlines. the law is clear they should be re—routing passengers on any airline and making sure those passengers get to their destination at the earliest available opportunity. if someone is watching this who was booked on a ryanair flight this who was booked on a ryanair flight that has been cancelled, what
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should they do? the first step is to contact rya nair to make should they do? the first step is to contact ryanair to make sure they can get on a replacement flight. i suspect they will be offered in the first incidents a ryanair flight, but that could be a week later and it won't be convenient for them so they should first ask ryanair to put them on another flight perhaps with another airline. they could even suggest the train journey if that achieves the same goal. if ryanair is still not playing for the replacement —— paying for the replacement —— paying for the replacement flight, they can book it themselves and insist to be refunded by them. a former senior civil servant has urged the government to pause the roll—out of its universal credit scheme, which merges six benefits into one. dame louise casey who was honoured for her work in government helping families and vulnerable people told the bbc that the time it takes to deliver the payments could push claimants into "dire circumstances". i think they should pause on it.
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i don't say that lightly. i completely agree that we all should be wedded to the principle and therefore the overall policy that work should pay. where they are ending up is that benefits will punish, and i don't think that is the intention of anybody here. and it is about delivery, so the overall strategy might be right, the overall intention might be right, but the fact of the matter is the actual delivery of it means some people because of the waiting time before benefit kicks in will end up in dire circumstances. more dire than i think we have seen in this country the years, and that we have to stop. and i think it is ok occasionally to say we didn't get the implementation completely right, let's pause and see what we can do. at the moment everybody is holding outwith, we're pressing on, we're pressing on. it's likejumping over a cliff. once people jump they end up at the bottom, and we don't want that to happen.
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let's talk to our correspondent. tell us more about the universal credit scheme and when it was due to be rolled out. it was one of the big ideas that came out of the coalition government. the aim was simply to make the system simpler, combining six benefits into one. it began rolling out in 2013. it's a hugely complex piece of work, there's been lots of problems with it, but at the moment it's affecting something like 500,000 people. why louise casey has spoken out now is that it is due to be accelerated to 15 new places and the aim is to have it completely rolled out and in effect by 2022. so why is she calling for a pause? there has been research by various places including citizens advice
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suggesting one in four claimants are waiting up to six weeks to receive the first payments, some are being forced into debt, some being forced to borrow money. a lot of landlords are finding arrears are going up enormously the those in receipt of universal credit so her concern is — and this is a woman with huge experience who has advised four different prime ministers over 18 yea rs on different prime ministers over 18 years on issues of social exclusion — and her concern is that in the rush to push this out, others will fall through the net. she said this makes her hair stand on end, she said some people will end up in dire circumstances. what's very interesting as it appears to come on the same day we are getting reports that 12 backbench conservative mps have written to the government to request the same thing, to request a pause. any response from the government? at the moment it shows no sign of backing down. we have a
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statement saying universal credit lies at the heart of our commitment to help people improve their lives and raise the incomes. angus crawford, thank you. theresa may has said she wants to see eu negotiators respond in kind to the proposals she set out in her speech in florence last week in order to unlock the brexit talks. speaking at a summit in estonia, the prime minister said she had seen signs to suggest her intervention had broken the deadlock in the negotiations. but, the head of the european commission — jean—claude juncker — warned he didn't think sufficient progress had been made and he said it would take a ‘miracle' for trade talks to start next month. 0ur europe correspondent gavin lee sent this update from the estonian capital, tallin. i think there is an attempt to make sure it isn't overshadowed by brexit, and that is the point that theresa may, she is nimbly dancing on the sidelines of this party
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because emanuel macron came here last night to give his vision that he had outlined in paris earlier in the week for a more integrated europe. he had said he felt the ten years there had been lifeless eu which had he said david cameron to call for a referendum which he said he believed david cameron did not properly call for. it was that yes but stay in referendum, as he called it. it is about the future, the digital future as well. theresa may was briefed by donald tusk, to say don't talk about brexit. she was brex—zipped. and today she has brief conversations with angela merkel about the fact that in three weeks' time she will have to find out is there significant progress so far. this is what theresa may had to say when she arrived earlier this morning. i have set out in my florence speech the progress we have made on a
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numberof the progress we have made on a number of issues and the vision i have for the deep and special partnership that we can develop with the european union in future. i'm pleased the negotiations have been making progress and i look forward to developing that deep and special partnerships with the eu because i think it is in the interests of the eu as well as the uk. as all the leaders arrived earlier today, some of them did talk about brexit. i managed to have a word with jean—claude juncker. it is managed to have a word with jean—claudejuncker. it is worth saying this is a man who was a conduit for these talks, he's the boss of michel barnier, involved in every round of these talks. he also has a pinball machine, known as an amateur pinball player, which comes to this reference — this is what he had to say on progress so far. there will be no sufficient progress from now until october unless a miracle happens. do you feel it is going in
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the right direction? we are making progress. so i think even know these talks are about something else today, it is a good point — is it being overshadowed? in three weeks they will meet again in brussels with the lithuanian president. negotiations are behind schedule and we are already facing the necessity of transitional or additional period for brexit and this is the message, we need to be openly acknowledging to each other that the brexit negotiations are out of shape.“ there anything else you want to see that's not quite there yet for you? for lithuania we don't have
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individual interests, it is all european interests and i think european interests and i think european nations and british interests, we need to find the joint solution, good for all. we know from the talks this morning with angela merkel and theresa may, according to downing street angela merkel praised theresa may for the florence speech she made last week when she said britain will stay in the eu for another two years until 2021, to be able to get themselves out smoothly the eu leaders have to agree to that, but this is about by the way diplomacy. either way, you are talking about the future, can we briefly talk about brexit, because theresa may knows they have an important vote in few weeks. jean—claude juncker thinks a miracle would need to happen. let's update you with the headlines on bbc news. the governor of the bank of england
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gives his clearest signal yet that interest rates are set to rise for the first time in ten years. sidelined at the theresa may meets other leaders in estonia, the eu commission says not enough progress has been made to start trade talks. the government is urged to halt the roll—out of the universal credit benefits system amid warnings families could be left homeless and destitute. in sport pep guardiola confirms sergio aguero has sustained a broken rib following the car crash in holland last night and will miss this weekend's game against chelsea. injury woes at manchester united too, paul pogba's hamstring injury is long—term, putting him out of contention for several weeks. and tom curran is making his one—day international debut in england's fifth and final 0di against the west indies. the west indies 145—3 after
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two overs. more on those stories up 3:30pm. three former tesco executives are in court over their alleged role in a multi—million pound accounting scandal. the supermarket‘s former managing director, its finance director and food commercial director are accused of helping to inflate the company's profits in 2014. all three men deny charges of fraud by abuse of position, and false accounting. emma simpson reports. chris boucher is now accused of abusing his position to grossly inflate the retailers profit. so too is carl rogberg and john scouler,
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all accused of massage in the figures. in 2017 it confirmed it had vastly overstated what it expects to make in profits. there was a shortfall of £250 million. the accounting scandal was headline news, billions wiped off the value of the company. the prosecution alleges the three men were the generals, who worked in a position of trust, paid huge compensation to safeguard the financial health of the company. not only did they encourage the misrepresentation of figures, they prized others under their control. the three men deny their control. the three men deny the charges, in a trial that set to last at least three months. ukip is set to announce its fourth leader in just over a year after a contest that has again divided the party. the party also unveiled a new logo.
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anne marie waters is the favourite to win the leadership contest, despite warnings that many of the pa rty‘s despite warnings that many of the party's 20 meps will resign if she succeeds. she faces a strong challenge by the party's deputy leader peter whittle. alex forsyth is at the conference in torquay, who will be picked alex? there are seven candidates and we are expecting to get the result in the next couple of hours. it is pretty fair to say it is quite wide open. you mentioned peter whittle has been named as one of the bookmakers favourites along with anne marie waters but there are five others who, just walking around the hall talking to delegates today, seem to have attracted support. what is interesting about this leadership
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contest is that it is the third in just over a yearfor contest is that it is the third in just over a year for ukip and many are seeing it as a battle for the direction, the purpose of the party. there are people here who think despite the eu referendum, the success ukip hard, there is a place in the political debate for ukip to be making a strong case for brexit. there are others, particularly anne—marie water, who think ukip needs to take a brand—new radical direction. she said ukip needs to be brave and take on subjects others won't but it has attracted a lot of criticism with some members suggesting it is the wrong direction for ukip. some telling me today it would mean the end of the party in the political mainstream. this is a really important leadership contest for the party. 0ne really important leadership contest for the party. one that feels like a possible make or break moment, a turning point after what has been a turbulent i8 turning point after what has been a turbulent 18 months. searching in the background behind you for signs
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of this new logo, tell us more about the row. ukip decided it needed to rebrand because it has had the £ logo for some time which stretches back to its origins when it was the uk independence party and wanted to resist the euro, but now it is trying to broaden its appeal and making sure it isn'tjust single issue so they decided to go for this rebranding exercise. there was other options on the table, a set of scales and a lion. the lion won overwhelmingly, but largely on social media and elsewhere there has been reaction with people suggesting it is very similar to the premiership logo. ukip are saying it really matter, but people are picking up on this and saying it is perhaps the wrong choice. we are looking at it now, we have the ukip logo on the left and the premier league logo on the right. thanks so much for that. and we'll bring you that
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result on the bbc news channel when we get it — this afternoon. a stampede at a railway station in india's financial hub, mumbai, has left more than 22 people dead. the stampede occurred during the rush hour on a narrow pedestrian bridge leading to elphinstone road station, one of the busiest and most congested in the city. 0ur correspondent yogita limaye sent this report from the scene. this is the flight of stairs at the elphinstone road station where the stampede occurred earlier this morning. it leads to a little bridge across the station. this station is a small but important stop on the city's western railway line. it is not rush hour right now but you can look at it and see how crowded it is even now and this incident occurred just shortly after rush hour this morning. authorities are still finding out what triggered it but many people are saying it was raining heavily at the time and that is why people rushed in from here on to this little flight of stairs, there were people rushing from the platform as well onto the flight of stairs, and that is what caused the stampede.
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and if you actually see here, this group of people standing around, you can actually see shoes of people that have been left behind. it is from this little hole there that a lot of people were trying to jump out and save their lives. the injured and the dead had been rushed to hospital nearby. i have seen police authorities as well as railway authorities coming here to find out what actually triggered the incident. but this once again put the spotlight on mumbai's transport infrastructure which has been heavily criticised for being sorely insufficient. it transports more than 7 million people a day. this is an important station for many people because this area, lower parel, is where a lot of commercial complexes, buildings, offices are located and you can just see the flight of stairs is so small that it is always crowded. somebody who actually uses the station every day told me that something like this was just waiting to happen. a quick look at some
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of today's other news: a 16—year—old girl has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was stabbed at a north lincolnshire school. 61—year—old joy simon was attacked at the winterton community academy near scu nthorpe on monday. the girl, who was also charged with carrying a blade on school premises, was remanded in youth detention. the bbc understands that armoured vehicles designed to protect british troops from roadside bombs in iraq and afghanistan keep breaking down. the foxhound vehicles are said to be unreliable in hot weather. they cost nearly £1 million each. the ministry of defence says the foxhound has been keeping soldiers safe. donald trump will travel to five asian countries in november to participate in regional summits, the white house has announced. mr trump will visit japan, china, south korea, vietnam, the philippines and the us state of hawaii on an ii—day trip. officials said the president's
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engagements would "strengthen the international resolve to confront the north korean threat". patient care is being damaged because of a shortage of nurses, according to the royal college of nursing. it said some patients were dying alone on wards because of the shortage of staff. 30,000 nurses across the uk responded to a survey, with more than half of them saying they finished their last shift upset, as they were unable to provide the care they wanted. here's our correspondent jenny walrond. ifeel like i'm spinning plates, only the plates are patients. that to me is the worst feeling. i no longer wish to be a nurse. i'm not able to provide my patients with even the basics of nursing care due to the constant lack of staff. i failed my patients, colleagues and now my family. i cried all the way home.
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i drove home from work sobbing today knowing that the patients i care for did not even get a fraction of the level of care that i would consider acceptable. i felt useless, unsafe and out of my depth. i now worry every time i drive to work. the royal college of nursing asked members in may to describe their last shift. among more than 30,000 responses, they heard from many nurses describing themselves as exhausted, demoralised and totally burned out. these are the stories we hear every day. our staff are doing their best to provide the care so i would not say the patients are not getting good care, they are trying to give their excellent care that they can but they do not have the time to provide the caring aspect. the rcn is now calling for legislation guaranteeing safe and effective nurse staffing. it says members are reporting delays in giving essential medication such as insulin for diabetics
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and antibiotics for sepsis. patients wetting their beds because there was no one to help them to the bathroom. and people dying alone. i think we have now got to the stage where the nhs is in the worst level that i have seen it in my ito—year career as a nurse. and i think we are now seeing patient care suffer because of it. the department of health said there are over 11,000 more nurses on the wards than seven years ago and it has committed to funding an extra 10,000 posts for nurses and other health workers by 2020. but the rcn says that is just a drop in the ocean. nhs providers, which represents hospitals and other health trusts, says the report is a powerful reminder of the relentless pressures faced by front line staff. jenny walrond, bbc news. let's catch up with the weather news
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now, and over on the other side of the newsroom, helen willetts has the forecast. i have just been for a stroll, it is still raining in the western side of london or even central london, but the rain is slowly clearing away. we are in the minority really. this is still a great picture in kent, but running the sequence on the satellite, the cloud picture. this lumpy cloud in the north is indicating some showers, there's a lwa ys indicating some showers, there's always the risk they will turn rather heavy, even fun to read through this evening and overnight, gathering as well across southern and western coasts. away from the showers in london will be a cool night and we have been used to recently with a touch of frost in the glens of scotland but that means it isa the glens of scotland but that means it is a nice start of the day and should stay decent to many parts of england, wales and northern ireland. the western side of england and
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wales later starts to turn increasingly cloudy and wet with more general rain. it will be a fresher day as well. we get the next bands of rain coming in, following in swiftly on sunday, and it is warm, tropical air mixed in swiftly on sunday, and it is warm, tropicalair mixed in in swiftly on sunday, and it is warm, tropical air mixed in so it looks soggy for sunday and i should mention it will become windy as well, particularly on sunday night. this is bbc news. our latest headlines... the governor of the bank of england has suggested that interest rates are set to rise for the first time in ten years — potentially as soon as november. the prime minister has been urged to pause the roll—out of universal credit, with a warning that families could be left destitute. ajudge has ruled that one of the alleged kidnappers of british model chloe ayling can be extradited to italy to face trial alongside his brother. theresa may meets other leaders at an eu summit in estonia — while the eu commission says not enough progress has been made on trade talks.
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ukip has chosen a new logo at its party conference in torquay— with the design attracting criticism for its resemblance to the logo of the premier league. who let's get all the sports news. after plenty of speculation over the extent of sergio aguro's injuries following a car crash in holland, manchester city boss pep guardiola appears to have confirmed he has suffered a broken rib. the player missed training this morning following the crash involving a taxi last night and will be assessed by the club's medical team this afternoon. in a press conference earlier, guardiola said he'll meet with aguero this afternoon. 0ur football reporter simon stone was there. in terms of aguero, he was clearly
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in holland, yes it was his day off but it was 11 o'clock in holland when he had that accident. is that a problem for you? no. purely because he was on his day off? the day off? have you spoken to him? not yet. i was busy this morning. repairing for training. but i know he is ok. he is ok, that is the most important thing. after that, he will recover as soon as possible. injury problems too at city's neighbours manchester united. managerjose mourinho has confirmed that midfielder paul pogba is out for the long term. the french international limped off 19 minutes into united's champions league win over basel on the 12th of september and has missed
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the reds last four games. mourinho still wouldn't give a specific timescale on when he will return. tottenham and england midfielder dele alli has been banned for one international match for the gesture he made during the world cup qualifier against slovakia earlier this month. he's also been fined just under £4000 for making what fia describe as "an offensive and unsporting gesture" during the game. it means he'll miss the qualifier at wembley against slovenia next thursday. mo marley has been appointed interim head coach of england women. she takes over from mark sampson, who was sacked by the football association earlier this month. marley moves up from her role in charge of the england under 19 team and will lead the senior side in a friendly against france in october. celtic‘s scott brown and stuart armstrong have been ruled out of scotland's crucial upcoming world cup qualifying double—header with hamstring and calf injuries respectively. gordon strachan's side face
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slovakia and slovenia next thursday and sunday, as they seek to secure a play—off place. they're currently fourth in group f, six points behind leaders england. scotland will finish second should they win their next two matches. england are playing west indies in the 5th and final one day international in southampton eoin morgan's side won the toss and chose to bowl. the west indies are currently 174 macro— three after 38 overs. —— on hundred and 34—3. england are without ben stokes and alex hales following their involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in the early hours of monday morning. it's official — birmingham has received government backing to be the uk's candidate city for the 2022 commonwealth games. other countries will have until saturday to make a bid. the cwg federation has suggested birmingham could still face competition from canada, malaysia and australia. staging the event would cost
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at least 750 million pounds — making it the most expensive sports event here since london 2012. 0ther other uk cities have hosted the commonwealth games in the past and we have seen a very strong legacy from them hosting. there has always been a boost to the local economy from hosting the event and what you do see is a strong legacy in terms of participation but also use the venues after the event so i think this is a real opportunity for birmingham, a real opportunity for the west midlands and a real opportunity for the uk to showcase itself as hosting these major international events across the world. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. the uk's fishing industry is also likely to be radically affected by brexit. for decades, british fishing fleets have been governed by eu quotas. 0ur correspondent, wyre davies, has been speaking to people in the industry in cornwall, where many are now much more
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optimistic about the future. an industry that once seemed on its knees, with boats scrapped and crews laid off, now sees salvation in brexit. deep sea trawling is hard, backbreaking work, but among the crew of the golden harvest, a trainee, glad of the future fishing for pilchards in the region where well—paid, stable jobs are hard to come by. all my friends are doing it. more adventurous. a different thing every day. yeah, shorter hours, more money. it's a win—win. this catch is heading straight for export and although fishing accounts for a tiny part of the uk economy, it is hard to think of many sectors that will be more heavily affected by britain's withdrawal from the eu. a career on the high seas clearly isn't for everybody but here in cornwall and in other british fishing communities they are confident that brexit
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will breathe life back into the deep sea fishing industry, an industry which they say has been held back by decades of eu quotas and restrictions. david stevens has invested thousands of pounds in nets and high—tech gear but because of eu quotas he still discards hundreds of tonnes of fish every year. it is now time, he says, for the uk to take back control of its waters and says the industry has never been so united. the uk only has access to 10% of the haddock quota and france has 60% and that is right on their doorstep. you bring that profitability back into the industry, there's a great future for the youngsters here. we're not going to need funding from central government for fishing, we're going to be bringing in revenues for the local community so it's a great opportunity for all of the coast of the uk. we are an island nation and there is profit from our seas. 48.5 kilos, 150. britain exports more than £1.5 billion worth of fish,
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most of it to europe, but we import almost as much from the eu. as with all things brexit, it is all about negotiating and making deals with brussels for what happens after we leave. it will be about this size here, six to seven inches, something like that. it's complicated. cornwall, a county that voted in favour of brexit, is one of the biggest recipients of european aid and this scheme to prepare youngsters for a career after brexit is partly paid for with eu money. i'm proud to be cornish and what's more cornish than being a fisherman? and i want to stay in the area and find an industry that will keep me down here. for 50 years, eu fishing policy has dictated where uk boats fish and how much they can catch. the industry is entering uncharted waters but here they are confident british deep sea fishing can prosper after brexit. wyre davies, bbc news, newlyn. it's emerged that tens of thousands
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of people with dementia and other conditions are missing out on a council tax discount which could save them hundreds of pounds a year. the consumer website moneysavingexpert has revealed large variations in the number of claims across england, scotland and wales. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports. here you go, mum. there is your soup. vivian has a rare form of alzheimers, for her daughter catherine and the rest of the family organising care was a daunting task but they weren't told they could make big savings on vivian's council tax bill. they found out by chance and were eventually able to claim back thousands of pounds. you have to go out and ask, you are never offered the information, that's been one of my biggest issues with this whole journey for the last six years is that we've always had to fight for something to make life better and easier for mum. anyone with what's called a severe
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mental impairment and eligible for certain benefits can claim a council tax discount, 100% if they live alone or 25% if they live with one other person. but new research shows huge variations in people claiming the reduction. at spelthorne it's ten residents and in east ayrshire only 11, but in east dunbartonshire is 447 and ashford 423, all areas with similar populations. the discount has been given to protect the most vulnerable in society, to give them more funds to make their homes suitable for them to live in as their condition deteriorates. that's a good thing but the fact that bureaucratic ineptitude is stopping people getting that discount is not a good scenario. the discount rules apply in scotland, wales and england, a whitehall spokesman giving a view for england said all councils were expected to ensure those entitled to the support did receive it. hugh pym, bbc news. a climber from wales has
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been killed at yosemite national park in california. 32—year—old andrew foster was caught in a rockfall below the face of the huge granite mountain, el capitan, on wednesday. his wife is in hospital with serious injuries. 0ur correspondent, richard galpin, reports. already this week they've been to meet mike wrote major rock falls from the iconic granite dome known as el capitan. for those caught beneath, the only way to stay alive is to get out as fast as possible. the 32—year—old british climber andrew foster did not make it. he was trapped by rocks weighing more than 1000 tonnes which fell off el capitan on wednesday afternoon. he and his wife who was injured
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checking the routes to the top. they were not actually rock climbing at the time, they were walking along near the base of the dome, looking at climbing routes and it was just a tragic, tragic situation, the wrong place at the wrong time. and yesterday there was another incident, as more rocks came crashing down the cliff face. this man was injured when a rock came through the roof of their car as they tried to escape. it sounded like thunder. and she looked back and said, there is smoke coming out of the mountain. the mountain has exploded, it is falling, falling, we were driving as far as we could. at the same time my husband reached up and he said my head, my head, he was bleeding profusely and hurting. the routes at el capitan, all 3600 feet of it are amongst the world's greatest rock climbs and attract experienced mountaineers like andrew foster and his wife lucy. in a statement, patagonia,
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the outdoor clothing company which andrew foster worked for, said he was a much loved member of their team and a passionate climber, mountaineer and skier who loved being in the outdoors. his wife remains in hospital where she is being treated for serious injuries. richard galpin, bbc news. ina in a moment, the business news, first, the headlines... the governor of the bank of england gives his clearest signal yet that interest rates are set to rise for the first time in ten years. ajudge has ruled one of the alleged kidnappers of british model chloe ayling should be extradited to italy to face trial. the government is urged to halt the roll—out of the universal credit benefits system amid warnings families could be left homeless and destitute. hello. in the business news...
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the uk's economy grew at a slower yearly pace than previously thought in the three months leading up tojune. gross domestic product grew by 1.5% from a year earlier, down from the earlier estimate of 1.7%. the office of national statistics said a key factor behind the fall was a drop in activity in the film industry following a particularly strong june. london house prices have fallen for the first time in eight years. figures from the the nationwide building society showed a drop of 0.6% over the past 12 months. across the uk as a whole, annual price growth slowed to 2%, down from 2.1% in august. london was the weakest performing region in the uk for the first time since 2005. the food standards agency is investigating factories owned by one of the uk's largest chicken suppliers. the guardian and itv news said workers at a two sisters food group site in the west midlands had changed slaughter dates to extend
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the shelf life of meat. the fsa inspectors found no evidence of breaches at the factory on thursday but continue to review the evidence. hello. we're getting an update on ryanair now. it's not been a great week for them. the airline was threatened with legal action for persistently misleading passengers about their rights following thousands of flight cancellations. the uk's civil aviation authority says the airline must stop misleading passengers about the option to be re—routed with another airline. the regulator has ordered the budget airline to say publicly how it will re—route passengers who require it. joining us now is megan french, consumer writerfor moneysavingexpert. com. thank you forjoining us. what else do ryanair have to do? we know they have to tell passengers how they will be re—routed. have to tell passengers how they will be re-routed. but there are other demands? yes, they need to be
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clear on their rights, if the flight is cancelled you automatically are entitled to a refund or an alternative flight and the need to make it clear that this could be on an alternative airline. if you opt for the alternative flight, they need to help cover the costs so if you have to go to a different airport, ryanair should pay for that. and also, they need to say that. and also, they need to say that they will help customers who have already made a decision based on the information they previously gave out which was not clear about this. we have to leave it there, we have some news... rebecca? street to torquay, were the result is about to be announced for the new ukip leader. we can listen to what steve cram has to say... the number of votes cast along with the percentage for each candidate, starting in seventh place... with 85 votes, and
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0.65% of the vote share, adrian moorhouse land. in sixth place... with 566 votes and 4.4 present of the vote share... jane collins. applause. in fifth place... with 1413 applause. in fifth place... with1413 votes and 10.9 of the vote share, peter whittle... applause. in fourth place, with 2021 votes, 15.6% of the vote share, john rhys evans... applause.
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in third place, with 2201 votes, 17% of the vote share, david curtin... applause. in second place, with 2755 votes, 2196 in second place, with 2755 votes, 21% of the vote share, and watchers... cheering and applause —— anne marie waters. ladies and gentlemen, making his way down from upstairs, it might take some time, please give an appropriately lengthy cheer and
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round of applause, with 3874 votes, and 29.9% of the vote share... the new leader of our party... henry bolton. cheering and applause so, the somewhat surprising announcement that henry bolton has been elected the new leader of ukip. many people had thought ann marie waters, the director, would have been the winner. let us listen to what he has to say... applause. thank you. thank you. thank you!
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thank you. thank you. thank you! thank you. thank you. thank you! thank you very much, everybody. i am going to start by thanking my team, if you will forgive me. they have worked harder than i have, iam just the raw material they produced. thank you, you know who you are, those people who were helping me with social media and funding, for e—mailing, the whole lot, thank you. a sincere thank you. i would like to thank all of you who voted for me and the others who are out there and cannot be here today, who voted for
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me. i would like to thank those of you who did not vote for me because you who did not vote for me because you were probably trying to do me a favour! laughter . i would like to thank the organisers of the event, sitting on my right. particularly, steve crowther, the interim leader, who has held the fort. it was a tha nkless has held the fort. it was a thankless task but thank you. applause. . i would like to thank my fellow candidates in this. there has been a bit of banter on social media, as i'm sure some of you were aware, some of you might have been responsible... the candidates have been a pleasure to work with and i hope very much that we can continue to work together to make this party what it needs to be going forward. applause. . today is not only a crucial day
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for our party, it is a critical day for our party, it is a critical day for our party, it is a critical day for our country. we have already heard today from a number of speakers of the importance of holding the government to task for the delivery on that mandate they we re the delivery on that mandate they were given on the 23rd ofjune last year, which so far they have failed to deliver anything on. ladies and gentlemen, brexit is our core task. applause. however, it is not the end of the line. when we leave the european union, that is not the end of the story. we are leaving the european union because we as a nation want to have that right of self—determination, we want to be responsible for our own destiny. not
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having it decided in a foreign capital. applause. .we applause. . we want to do that so we can be a prosperous nation, a globally outward looking trading nation. a secure nation, and nation that can protect its own way of life and culture and its own environment in every respect. we want to be a confident and optimistic nation and we wa nt confident and optimistic nation and we want to be a nation that is proud to be called british. applause. was brexit is our core task, that greater goal which is on going beyond the time that we leave the european union, that is our core purpose. applause. i would like to end by courting the
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motto of the royal military academy at sandhurst. .. serve motto of the royal military academy at sandhurst... serve to lead. i do not see myself as being simply buried, i see myself as serving this party. you either party. not me. —— you are the party. and this party needs to serve its country. applause. there is no greater calling than that. except the bishop earlier might disagree with me! 0k, there is one greater calling! and i would call on all of you, whether you voted for me or not, and even if you did not, whether it was a favour or not, i would call on all of you, please, to rally around the party. to be united because without being
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united, we cannot lead. we cannot lead the nation or hold the government to account and we cannot achieve our core purpose at all. and pa rt achieve our core purpose at all. and part of that story is reorganising or increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our party. in british politics. applause. i see my three core tasks as being to facilitate the unification of this party, to help it build a platform so it can conduct its third task, which is to project firmly and decisively into british politics for the good of the nation. applause. tomorrow, i shall be given the opportunity to make a more lengthy speech and i will do so. laughter
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you will be sick and tired of my voice by the end of this! not an hour and voice by the end of this! not an hourand a voice by the end of this! not an hour and a half! voice by the end of this! not an hourand a half! no! i believe voice by the end of this! not an hour and a half! no! i believe it there, once again, thank you to everybody who has been involved in this contest, in this campaign, and this contest, in this campaign, and this event and for all of you who have voted. thank you very much and i will see you tomorrow. cheering and applause bad neighbours henry bolton, the newly elected leader of ukip. he was not the frontrunner, so in some ways it isa not the frontrunner, so in some ways it is a surprise result, we will be talking to our correspondent in westminster in a few moments for his thoughts on this so do stay with us. in the meantime, let us have a look at the weather with helen willetts. thank you, are slowly improving picture, the rain still with us across the eastern side of the country but from many western areas it has brightened up very nicely.
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this is what we are contending with across east anglia, still parts of greater london. another hour before we get that late afternoon sunshine. it is their elsewhere and we have had a few showers, quite intense and it could be some thunder here and there and they gather force overnight for the west of scotland and northern ireland and southern and northern ireland and southern and western coasts but the main difference tonight as it will be quite cool compared to recent nights, even cool anaphora touch of ground frost in the grounds of scotla nd ground frost in the grounds of scotland and rural mist elsewhere. otherwise, saturday still looking at the dryer of the bull ashmead road the dryer of the bull ashmead road the two days but the bulk of scotla nd the two days but the bulk of scotland and northern ireland and much of wales until later one, when the rain gatherers and turns grey and down. it is fresher tomorrow at 16 degrees for most of us. but the mild air returns to saturday night and also the heavy rain and increasingly windy weather through sunday and sunday night. yes, milder by that stage but rather damp and
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dreary affair. more details in 30 minutes... this is bbc news. i'm rebecca jones. the headlines at four: he beat the controversial anti islam campaigner anne marie waters who had been widely tipped to take the leadership. the governor of the bank of england gives his clearest signal yet that interest rates are set to rise for the first time in ten years. if the economy continues on the track that it's been on, and all indications are that it is, in the relatively near term we can expect that interest rates would increase somewhat. one of the alleged kidnappers of british model chloe ayling should be extradited to italy to face trial, a judge has ruled today.
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